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Blocked drains lead to flooded cars, construction site in downtown Portland

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It was a miserable Monday for many drivers who parked along one section of Northwest 13th and Quimby.

Several cars flooded when the heavy rain started to slam the metro area.

While some drivers were able to get their cars out of the water, other drivers weren't so lucky.

The water was rushing in so fast, cars like the one owned by Sam Hawkinson started to float away from flood waters that quickly turned into a small river.

"When I got out here it was up to the door handles and my car was starting to float away a couple of feet you can some of them have floated away from where they parked," he said.

Two car owners told Fox 12 they thought their cars were completely totaled from the morning's storm, while many others were still waiting to hear back from their insurance companies.

The flooding water didn't just cause a mess in parking lots.

Across the street at a construction site, workers said four to five feet of water started to rush in. However, in spite of all the water, the crews said they didn't suffer much in damages.

A couple of hours after the storm first arrived a city crew was able to drain the problem and recovered what they say started all of the flooding.

A street sign reading “No Parking, Tow Away Zone” blocked a drain, becoming an ironic clog that left a big mess and frustrated car owners.

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